Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura Helps End a Yearlong Jurisdictional War

“The constable of another township is not authorized to serve or execute legal papers outside the boundaries of his or her township.” – (Legislative Counsel Bureau Legal Opinion dated June 8, 2012)

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (PRWEB) June 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, JUNE 11, 2012 (GOVERNMENT NEWS) – Las Vegas Township Constable’s Office. (http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/constable/las_vegas/pages/default.aspx)

Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura Helps End a Yearlong Jurisdictional War

Constable John Bonaventura of the Las Vegas Township Constable’s Office announced today the release of a long awaited legal opinion. This historical Legislative Counsel Bureau Report came out late Friday June 08, 2012 - attached to this press release.

As reported on News 3, 13 Action News and FOX 5 Las Vegas Television - November 13 and 14, 2011 Jordan Ross, Laughlin constable occupied the Las Vegas Township to carryout an execution of a judgment on a local gas station out of his jurisdiction. The take over sparked the start of what has been termed “Constable Wars” in Clark County, Nevada and the confusion that happened regarding the legitimate authority of constables.

Shortly after Constable Ross, other constables were soon to follow the foray into the Las Vegas Township. Several Las Vegas Attorneys reported that four-term Henderson Constable, Earl Mitchell, sent his Deputy Director, Steven Kilgore, to solicit to seek new business from Las Vegas and bring it to Henderson. “For someone who has been elected as a constable for as long as Earl Mitchell has, Mitchell should know better than to infringe the law,” Bonaventura said.

The problem that newly elected Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura was facing seemed to be an up hill battle. Since Bonaventura must answer to the Voters of his township, he was not about to go along with the new jurisdictional incursion. Constable Bonaventura said: “As a former legislator myself, I refused to believe the interpretation that the rural constables were pushing. No one would believe me until now! It could have been a problem, I was also concerned with rouge constable’s and their deputies having significantly less training then the Deputies of the Las Vegas Township.”

Constable Bonaventura enlisted the help of the Clark County Assistant Manager Jeff Wells and District Attorney Jeff Troll. Bonaventura said: “I was a bit disappointed that they have yet to give their requested opinion after they were asked by me over 6 months ago."

Constable Bonaventura did not give up and was able to enlist the help of State Senator John Lee, a long-time Nevada State Legislator and well-known diplomat who is known for taking on tough issues in Nevada.

This historic Legislative Counsel Bureau Report came out late Friday evening and on the basis this report it is finally clear that throughout the State of Nevada a constable of another township is not authorized to serve or execute legal papers outside the boundaries of his or her township. Also, the report explains the basic rule set forth by the Attorney General, that the constable of a township is confined to performing official acts within the boundaries of his or her township. The report also goes on to explain, why accountability to the voters of a township is so important and the confusion that may happen regarding the legitimate authority of constables if the law is not followed properly.


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Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau Report - Constables Jurisdiction An End To A Year Long Turf Battle

Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau Report - Constables Jurisdiction